Robert Smalls owned the house, and his family was living there; and rather than turn her away, Robert Smalls brought her into the house, put her up in the bedroom that had been her bedroom before the Civil War, and served her." Smalls died in 1915 at the age of 76.
"Religion was a part of his life," Billingsley said. "It wasn't that he spoke about it all the time, but the way he acted and the things he did were reflective of that."
I was somewhat familiar with the story of Robert Smalls and his daring escape from Charleston, South Carolina. I watched a dramatization of his escape on PBS the other night. It is quite a story and Smalls was an amazing man who lived his religion.
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